Chinese Cooking Methods

Here at WN Foods, Chinese food is one of our all time favorite cuisines. While we love takeout like so many others in the USA, we also love homemade Chinese food. However, we’ve noticed that many people are hesitant to cook it at home. We promise that it isn’t as complicated as it seems! Today, let’s take a look at common Chinese cooking techniques and how to use them in your home kitchen.

Stir Frying

Stir frying is one of the most common techniques in Chinese cooking. It may have even originated in ancient China! This cooking method is known for being fast; it involves heating a pan and stirring ingredients in hot oil until cooked. Almost any ingredient you can imagine can be stir fried, but most recipes include some type of meat or seafood, chopped vegetables, and either rice or noodles. Many Chinese cooks stir fry food in a wok over a fire, but you can use this technique at home with a stove and a pan.

Red Cooking

Chinese red cooking takes longer than stir frying, but trust us when we say that the wait is worth it! Red cooking is a particular type of braising where ingredients are first sauteed at a high temperature, then slowly cooked in a mixture of soy sauce, star anise, and rice wine until the food is coated in a sweet, luxurious glaze. Duck and pork belly are most commonly prepared using this technique, but we recommend also trying it at home with tofu or your fish of choice. This Chinese cooking method doesn’t require any special equipment, so it can be done easily at home.

Steaming

Steaming is a versatile cooking technique used in Chinese dishes of all kinds. The most traditional form of steaming uses bamboo steamer baskets, which allow cooks to utilize steam from hot water to cook ingredients and also to quickly and easily serve the finished meal. Steaming creates tender, juicy dishes like soup dumplings, aromatic whole fish, and sweet buns. If you live near an Asian grocery store or can order from online shops, you can purchase bamboo baskets and use them on your stove. If you don’t have access to bamboo baskets, you can still steam food in a metal pot or even a microwave.

Roasting

Roast meats are a staple of Chinese cooking. This method uses dry heat, as in a fire or oven heat with no water, oil, or other cooking liquid. Roasted foods often end up having an irresistible golden brown finish without losing any of the tasty juices on the inside. Roast duck is the most famous roasted Chinese dish (which is why you might see them hanging from restaurant windows in Chinatown), but you can also roast flavorful pork belly or chicken. You can easily roast meals at home as long as you have an oven and some spice!

Boiling

Chinese food doesn’t have to be complicated to be good. Boiling is a perfect demonstration of how you can have an amazing feast without having many technical skills. The most difficult part of Chinese hot pot is creating the broth, which really only requires stewing a few aromatics for enough time. Once the broth is ready, any number of meats and vegetables can be chopped and cooked quickly by boiling them. Though you can do this with a stovetop pot, many families make this a shared experience by using a portable stove and placing the hot pot directly on the table.

What are your favorite cooking techniques? Which dishes would you like to cook with these methods? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

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Vietnamese Food

One of the most famous Vietnamese dishes in the US is Phở, but there are so many more delicious foods from Vietnam. Let’s learn about a few amazing dishes and how to cook them at home!

Phở

This Vietnamese soup is one of the ultimate comfort foods. With its flavorful broth, tender meat, and chewy rice noodles, it’s no wonder Phở is one of the most well-known Vietnamese dishes! Making it at home is a long process, but the end results are worth it. Check out this recipe if you would like to try it yourself.

Bún chả

Bún chả uses the same tasty rice noodles as in Phở and pairs them with grilled pork and fresh herbs. It is also often served with a Nước chấm (a vinegar and fish sauce mix) dipping sauce. The fresh taste of the noodles with the tangy dipping sauce and delicious pork are an absolutely incredible combination! To make it at home, try this recipe.

Gỏi cuốn

Also known as Vietnamese spring rolls, Gỏi cuốn are rolls comprised of vegetables, pork, and prawns wrapped in Bánh tráng (rice paper). They are often served as an appetizer with a dipping sauce such as Hoisin sauce, peanut sauce, or Nước chấm. Try this recipe if you would like to make it at home!

Bánh mì

This Vietnamese sandwich uses French baguettes and native Vietnamese ingredients like Chả lụa (pork sausage), pickled carrots, daikon, cucumber, and coriander. In Vietnam, Bánh mì is typically a snack or breakfast food, but it is eaten throughout the day in the US. Here is a great recipe to try in your home kitchen!

Bánh xèo

Bánh xèo is a crispy, savory pancake stuffed with a myriad of ingredients based on preference. It can be filled with any ingredient, but recipes commonly include shrimp, bean sprouts, onions, pork, and cucumbers. Give it a try at home with this recipe!

Bánh cuốn

This delicious Vietnamese dish begins with a thin rice batter that is steamed to form a wrapper. This wrapper encloses a simple but exquisite filling made from ground pork, wood ear mushrooms, and shallots. It is often topped with fried shallots and fresh herbs. Sound appetizing? Take a look at this recipe!

What’s your favorite Vietnamese dish? Which ones would you like to try? Let us know!

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.

Types of Ramen Broth

WN Ramen

WN Foods just released a Miso Ramen Base that you mix with water to create a delicious broth, and we’re working to create more flavors in the future. Let’s take a look at miso ramen broth and a few of our other options!

Miso

As it says in the name, miso ramen broth is made with miso, a fermented Japanese soy paste. The rich umami (savory) flavor of this broth pairs well with any topping you can think of! It’s a great option for warming yourself up on cold days.

Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu broth is made with pork bones. It’s often creamy, full of complex flavors, and very filling. Toppings like fish cakes and eggs really soak up the prominent taste of the broth. Doesn’t it make you hungry?

Shoyu

Soy sauce is the most important player in shoyu ramen broth. It sounds simple, but together with the chicken stock, ginger, and kombu, it creates a symphony of various different delicious flavors. We can’t wait to make this one for our wonderful customers!

Shio

Shio ramen gets its taste simply from salt. It’s a clear, light broth that is great for ramen newbies and veterans alike. Its straightforward but tasteful flavor makes it easy to pair with all your favorite toppings!

Have you tried any of these ramen broths before? Which type of would you like to try first?

Here at WN Foods, we co-pack high quality sauces, cooked with the finest ingredients. If you would like us to manufacture your sauce recipe, or if you would like our food science team to help you develop your own sauce, please contact us at (510) 487-8877 or wingnienfoods@gmail.com.